Ownership in Complex Authorship: A Comparative Study of Joint Works in Copyright Law
University of Amsterdam - Institute for Information Law (IViR)
University of New England - School of Law; University of New England
January 26, 2012
European Intellectual Property Review, 2012, 34 (1), 22-32
Copyright legislation, at least in its implementation, can be seen as a triumph of international harmonisation. However, in the area of joint works this is not the case. In the comparison of a North American and European country we observe very different outcomes, despite the similar statutory definitions in copyright legislation. However, the explanation for the divergence of application is not to be found in copyright law, but rather the parts of property law that deal with tenancy in common. Starting from this observation the article uses comparative analysis of rules and remedies available in both systems and concludes with recommendations towards a more fair and efficient framework.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 16
Keywords: Intellectual property, copyright, joint works, tenancy in common, comparative law
Date posted: January 27, 2012 ; Last revised: June 21, 2012
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